Kruger Park tour with Swaziland & Durban – 11 Days (TA 11)

A private (camping or accommodated) South Africa tour including the Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Durban

Meander through stretches of the magnificent Drakensberg before exploring one of Africa greatest game reserves. The Kruger National Park. Altogether it is 350 km long, 65 km wide and comprises an area of about 20,000 sq km. Kruger is home to an impressive number of species.  We exit through the Southern exit of the Park and head into the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This remarkable country offers beautiful landscapes, some of the biggest smiles and beautiful crafts. From here we return to South Africa where we visit the St Lucia Wetlands area a world heritage site. Soak up some African culture in Zululand and enjoy the watm waters of South Africa’s East Coast.

Panthera leo , Lion In the Krooger national park

Panthera leo , King Lion , Kruger park

 

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Tour Fare 2017:  R41400 pp based on 2 people sharing

 
Please enquire for other group sizes and departure dates.
Day 1, & 2 – Johannesburg to Graskop and Blyde River Canyon
You will be collected at a pre-arranged time from your location in the Greater Johannesburg area. Airport pick up also available.
We take a scenic drive to the heart of Mpumalanga.
The first night are spent at a lodge in the small town of Graskop. The lodge has excellent facilities including a pool and a games room.
The following two nights are spent on the Blyde River Canyon.
We spend a full days exploring all the natural wonders of the surrounding area. (Gods Window, Bourkes potholes, Waterfalls and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, as well as Pilgrims Rest and many other areas)
There are optional activities for the adventurous including a gorge swing and zip line.
Camping Tour: Bungalows
Accommodated Tour: Bungalows
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (except Dinner on day 1)
Day 3,4 & 5 – Kruger National Park
We depart early to reach the gates of one of Africa’s greatest National Parks.
The camps in the park all have excellent facilities. The tourist shop caters for all your basic needs, including camera accessories, snacks and gifts etc.
There are lovely swimming pools to relax at during the heat of the day, when the majority of the animal life is resting in shady areas out of sight.
The next 5 days are spent inside the borders of the National Park, with experienced guides who are happy to share their wealth of knowledge on the wildlife of Africa.
The evenings are spent in a truly unforgettable fashion around a campfire, listening to the night sounds of wild Africa, as your hosts prepare traditional South African meals on the open fire.
We will do at least 2 extended game drives a day, looking out for the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), as well as a multitude of other animals.
Originally proclaimed as a National Park in 1898, the park today measures some 380km in length, and is approx. 60km wide.
A varied geological substructure supports an intricately interwoven rich variety of vegetation, animal and bird life.
Camping Tour: Camping
Accommodated Tour: Park Bungalows
Meals: B  D (except D on night 5)
Day 6 & 7 – Swaziland
After 3 days in Kruger we cross the border into Swaziland.
A scenic drive through some amazing settings will take us to Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary, our home for the next 2 nights.
The reserve hosts many animals including hippos, rare antelope, ostrich and much more.
In the evening we can watch entertainment provided by the local tribesmen and women.
The following day enjoy optional actibities or simply take a walk through the beautiful nature reserve
Camping Tour: Camping
Accommodated Tour: Park Bungalows
Meals: B L
Day 8 & 9 – St Lucia
Today we drive to the coast, to the St Lucia Wetlands area. We will actually be camping in the reserve, which in a stunning location. As well as all the animals roaming free you also have a beautiful beach that goes on for miles.
St Lucia is home to hippos, rhino, elephants and much more.
You have the option for a hippo and croc cruise, or you can just spend the day relaxing by the beach.
Camping Tour: Camping
Accommodated Tour: B&B
Meals: B D
Day 10 – Zululand
A short drive through the mountains takes us into the heart of Zululand. We will stop at a famous battle site on the way. The late afternoon and evening are spent at Shakaland where you will be entertained by dancers and learn about various African cultures.
Camping Tour: Camping
Accommodated Tour: Guest House
Meals: B
Day 11 - Durban
After breakfast we continue along the coast to Durban where the tour ends you will be dropped at the airport or any overnight accommodation.
Tour Fare 2017: R41400pp based on 2 people sharing
 
Please enquire for other group sizes and departure dates and rates.
Camping Tours:
Our camping tours are on a luxury, non participation basis.
Our tents are excellent quality canvas dome tents, that are extremely spacious (you can stand up in our tents, and there is plenty of room to move around!)
The tents are completely mosquito and bug proof (unless you leave the door open of course.
There are large windows on all sides, with external window flaps, that can be opened in hot weather and zipped closed in the event of rain.
There is also a skylight area in the roof which can be opened to see the stars at night.
All tents will be erected by the guide.
We use large inflatable mattresses, as opposed to the foam ones used by the overlanding companies.
These will be inflated and installed by the guides.
We provide 2 pillows per person (please let us know if you are allergic to feathers as we will provide you with synthetic fibre pillows.
If you do not have a sleeping bag we can provide you with a good quality sleeping bag for all weathers. (R10 a night. Sleeping bags are laundered after every trip)
You will be provided with 1 torch per person and 1 tin of insect repellent per tent.
Food on Tour:
All food on tour (with the exception of restaurant evenings), will be prepared by your guides.
Breakfast consists of fruit, a selection of cereals, toast and jams, yoghurts, cheese, cold meats and fruit juice, with tea and coffee readily available.
Every other day we will prepare a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage or similar.
Lunch consists of sandwiches, cold meats and cheese, and a selection of salads.
Depending on the location at the time (and weather) dinner is usually prepared around the fire.
Typical menus include: “Braai” – chops, wors, baked potatoes, baked onions and a mixed salad, “Potjie” – Traditional South Africa stew cooked in a large iron pot over coals, oriental stir-fry, butternut squash stuffed with vegetables and mozzarella cheese on the “braai” etc.
We do cater for vegetarians but please let us know in advance so that we can plan a suitable menu for you.
If you have any special food requirements or allergies then also let us know well in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our food, and are constantly striving to create new exciting menu choices for you.

 

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